Saline senior Emily Diehl is one of 14 student-athletes from Class A schools to earn a scholarship through the MHSAA's Scholar-Athlete Award program.
Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 26th year of sponsoring the award, will give $1,000 college scholarships to 32 individuals who represent their member schools in at least one sport. Diehl and the other recipients will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game March 28 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Commemorative medallions will be given to the finalists in recognition of their accomplishments.
Diehl ran three seasons of varsity cross country and will participate in her third of varsity track and field this spring. She served as cross country team’s captain in the fall and earned league scholar-athlete awards all four years of high school. She serves as vice president of student council and previously served as committee chair during her four-year tenure. She also serves as president of her school’s Key Club after three years as vice president. Diehl is participating in National Honor Society for the second year and has volunteered more than 1,100 hours for a variety of services. She earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition for her scores on College Board Advanced Placement exams. She will attend either Brown University or Northwestern University to study psychology and neuroscience in pursuit of a career in the medical field.
Here is a quote from the essay Diehl wrote when applying for the award:
“As students reflect on their careers as high school athletes, they will not remember the girl they passed in a race, but rather the girl that encouraged them as they fought for a new personal record. … It is all too easy to become absorbed in the times or the medals or the trophies, but that’s not what high school athletics are about.”